Tobias Börding wins men's qualifying at 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2014 BWC

    German out averages his nearest competitor by 8.5 pins; Squad C leaders Mykhaylo Kalika, Chris Barnes move into second and third place; Squad A leader Magnus Johnson is fourth; Dutch veteran Eric Kok hits the cutoff number for 24th place with 4276 (213.80 average)

    2014BWCTobiasBording2.jpg2014BWCMykhayloKalika.jpgTobias Börding (pictured left) of Germany dominated the men's qualifying of the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and leads the top 24 of 82 players into the intermediate round on Saturday afternoon at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    The 22-year-old national team member led after each of the four qualifying rounds including five-game series of 1305, 1136, 1236 and 1157 to win the qualifying portion with 4834 total and an average of 241.70 for twenty games.

    Börding outaveraged his nearest competitor, Mykhaylo Kalika (above right), Ukraine, by 8.5 pins (170 pins). Kalika, who needed a 1360 series or an average of 272 to overtake Börding by one pin, averaged 237.80 in the last qualifying Squad C and closed his series with 259 and 269 to stay in second place with 4664 and an overall average of 233.20.

    2014BWCChrisBarnes.jpg2014BWCMagnusJohnson2.jpg17-time PBA champion Chris Barnes (left), United States, overtook Kalika behind games of 267, 246, and 268 but slipped back to third place after finishing with 214 and 218 for 1213 and 4646 total (232.20).

    Fourth place belonged to Squad A leader Magnus Johnson (right) of Sweden. The 21-year-old youth national team member toppled 4625 pins, an average of 231.25.

    Johnson was followed by fellow a Squad bowlers Romeo Gagenoiu of Romania (4624); Biboy Rivera, Philippines (4613); Oron Cohen of Israel (4545); Glen Loader, Australia (4539). Just outside the top 8, who will survive the second cut on Saturday, was England's Steve Thornton with 4523. Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia, who won the 2012 World Cup here at Sky Bowling Center, rounded out the top 10 with 4508.

    2014BWCArtursLevikins.jpg2014BWCTommasoRadi.jpgArturs Levikins (left) of Latvia started Squad C with an 802 series (256, 276, 270) followed by 193 and 247 for the highest fourth-round series of all 82 players (1242; 248.40 average) to leap from 20th to 11th place with 4479 total.

    Squad C's Juhani Tonteri, Finland and Tommaso Radi (right), Italy made the first cut in 16th and 19th place with 4423 and 4384, respectively.

    Another four bowlers of Squad C battled it out for the last two spots in the intermediate round. Two-time Asian Games champion Bader Al-Shaikh of Saudi Arabia, who was on the cut line after Round 2 and 3, rolled an 117 series to shift to 23rd place with 4316.

    2014BWCEricKok.jpg2014BWCNeilSullivan.jpgDutch veteran Eric Kok (left) used a high game of 279 and four games between 209 and 224 to help grab the 24th and last qualifying spot with 4276 and an average of 213.80.

    Dmitri Chilkine of Belarus fell nine pins short and had to settle for 25th place with 4265. Neil Sullivan (right) of Malta, who rolled the first of two 300 games in this tournament in the second block on Wednesday, fired games of 232, 246, 250, 246 and 208 for 1182 to leap from 37th to 26th place, just 20 pins off the pace for the top 24.

    Artur Colomer of Catalonia, who had the second 300 game earlier today in Squad B also missed the cut finishing in 42nd place with 4048.

    The top 24 men advance to the intermediate round on Saturday starting at 1.15 p.m. Central European Time (CET). All other players were eliminated and finish in 25th to 70th place according to their 20-game totals.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif 2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg will cover the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup live from Wroclaw including reports, photos and results after each round. The event will be broadcast live on's BowlTV.

    Live coverage and live streaming commences on Tuesday, November 4th, with the first round of qualifying and concludes on Sunday 9th with the stepladder finals.

    2014BWCLogo.jpg The preliminaries consist of four blocks of five games with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 20 games advancing to the intermediate round. Those 24 players bowl further 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 28 games will bowl a further seven games round robin match play plus one game position round (total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie.

    The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 36 games including bonus pins will determine the champions in the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.


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    2014 BWC Men's Qualifying - Standings after Qualifying

    Top 24 advance to Saturday's intermediate round with the qualifying pinfall being carried forward.

    300 game - Neil Sullivan, Malta (Block 2); Artur Colomer, Catalonia (Block 4)